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    I've noticed several (Irish, Dublin) Church of Ireland churches use the term "episcopalian", whereas most use "anglican" -and a few, both - to describe themselves. Is there any particular reason for this?

    is it a matter of preference?

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    The use of "Episcopalism" is probably a tactic to broaden their appeal - knowing well that the term "Anglican" conjures up images of Henry VIII, the Penal Laws and British rule.

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    its effectively one and the same the "anglican" and "episcopalian" churches are all members of the anglican communion, in the US and Scotland they are called the "episcopalian church in many other they are calle the church of <<country>>
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    Quote Originally Posted by drbob1972
    its effectively one and the same the "anglican" and "episcopalian" churches are all members of the anglican communion, in the US and Scotland they are called the "episcopalian church in many other they are calle the church of <<country>>
    True, although just because you see "Church of" should not lead one to presume it is episcopalian/anglican.

    The "Church of Scotland" for example, is the name of the Presbyterian Church in Scotland.
    The United Church of Australia is a conglomerate of Congregationalists and Methodists.
    The United Church of Canada is a conglomeration of Congregationalists, Presbyterians and Methodists.

    The rest is true, Episcopalian and Anglican are the same thing essentially. Episcopalian churches are members of the Anglican communion.

    Generally the term "Church of" grew up because it was the national church. As in the Church of Ireland was the national church of Ireland prior to disestablishment. States which never had a national church tend not to create one and instead are called episcopalian.

    An interesting aside - PepsiCola is an anagram of episcopalian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mactheknife
    I've noticed several (Irish, Dublin) Church of Ireland churches use the term "episcopalian", whereas most use "anglican" -and a few, both - to describe themselves. Is there any particular reason for this?

    is it a matter of preference?
    I've only ever known 'Episcopalian' to be used by churches with a high level of attendance by tourists such as St Patrick's Cathedral. We don't want to confuse our Yankee brethren you know.

    I think that's about all the thought that's gone into it. If someone knows more, please correct me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by St Disibod
    I've only ever known 'Episcopalian' to be used by churches with a high level of attendance by tourists such as St Patrick's Cathedral. We don't want to confuse our Yankee brethren you know.

    I think that's about all the thought that's gone into it. If someone knows more, please correct me.
    Interesting observation about the tourist central churches. I would recognise that as being the case now you mention it.

    And yes I'd agree that is probably all the thought which has gone into it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnfás
    An interesting aside - PepsiCola is an anagram of episcopalian.
    Ha ha

    The Church of Ireland................brought to you by PepsiCola.

    Would any Church of Ireland members prefer the term "episcopalian" to "anglican"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mactheknife
    Would any Church of Ireland members prefer the term "episcopalian" to "anglican"?
    I've never come across one.

    And the episcopalians are not the most popular at the moment with the transatlantic argy bargy over homosexual clergy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnfás
    An interesting aside - PepsiCola is an anagram of episcopalian.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnfás
    An interesting aside - PepsiCola is an anagram of episcopalian.
    No its not. For a start episcopalian has 12 letters PepsiCola 9?

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